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Press Release 11-131

Scientists Study Earthquake Triggers in Pacific Ocean

Samples of rock, sediment from beneath the sea-floor help explain quakes like Japan's

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Photo of the scientific drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

The scientific drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

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Map showing the location of the CRISP research site off Costa Rica.

The CRISP research site is located 174 km (108 miles) off Costa Rica.

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Image of the rig floor of the scientific drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution.

A view of the rig floor of the scientific drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution.

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Photo of geologist Kristin Hillis labeling newly retrieved sediment cores in a shipboard lab.

Geologist Kristin Hillis labels newly retrieved sediment cores in a shipboard lab.

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Photo of scientists Michael Stipp and Masaoki Uno choosing samples for analysis.

Scientists Michael Stipp and Masaoki Uno choose samples to analyze back at their home institutions.

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